Mid Autumn Festival around the world in 2020

Mid Autumn Festival around the world in 2020

  How long until Mid Autumn Festival?
This holiday next takes place in 83 days.
  Dates of Mid Autumn Festival around the world
2022 Various Sep 10, Sep 11
ChinaSat, Sep 10National Holiday
Hong KongSun, Sep 11National Holiday
MacauSun, Sep 11National Holiday
TaiwanSat, Sep 10National Holiday
2021 Various Sep 20, Sep 21, Sep 22
ChinaTue, Sep 21National Holiday
Hong KongWed, Sep 22National Holiday
MacauWed, Sep 22National Holiday
Taiwan Sep 20, Sep 21
TaiwanTue, Sep 21National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanMon, Sep 20National Holiday
2020 Various Oct 1, Oct 2
ChinaThu, Oct 1National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Oct 2National Holiday
MacauFri, Oct 2National Holiday
Taiwan Oct 1, Oct 2
TaiwanFri, Oct 2National Holiday (additional day)
TaiwanThu, Oct 1National Holiday
2019 Various Sep 13, Sep 14
ChinaFri, Sep 13National Holiday
Hong KongSat, Sep 14National Holiday
MacauSat, Sep 14National Holiday
TaiwanFri, Sep 13National Holiday
2018 Various Sep 24, Sep 25
China Sep 24, Sep 25
ChinaTue, Sep 25National Holiday
ChinaMon, Sep 24National Holiday
Hong KongTue, Sep 25National Holiday
MacauTue, Sep 25National Holiday
TaiwanMon, Sep 24National Holiday
The Mid Autumn festival starts on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month
  Which countries observe Mid Autumn Festival in 2020?
  ChinaOct 1National Holiday
  Hong KongOct 2National Holiday
  MacauOct 2National Holiday
  TaiwanOct 1National Holiday
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When is Mid Autumn Festival?

The Mid Autumn festival starts on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.

If the day after Mid Autumn Festival holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a national holiday in Hong Kong.

History of the holiday

This festival originated in a fairy tale. A hero names Hou Yi saved his people by shooting down the other nine suns that burned his people to death. He was then bestowed with the elixir of immortality by the Queen Mother of the West.

He did not want to consume the elixir and leave his beautiful but very mortal wife, Chang Er, so he gave the elixir to his wife for safekeeping. Unfortunately, Hou Yi's disloyal apprentice forced Chang Er to swallow the elixir. She then became a supernatural being. She flew to the moon, and from there watched her husband.

Knowing that his wife had now been separated from him, Hou Yi was crazed with grief. Looking up at the moon one night, he saw a figure like his wife. He hurriedly took cakes and succade (preserves in sugar, whether fruits, vegetables, or confections) as offerings to his wife.

Upon hearing this, people developed the custom of watching the moon and eating moon cakes annually on this day.

How is it celebrated?

Activities include Fire Dragon dancing, enjoying the displays of lanterns, and eating moon cakes. People eat moon cakes under the moonlight with family members. Moon cakes are pastries filled with gooey sesame, red bean, and walnut meats.

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